Formed in 1985, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia™ (CCA) is a non-profit organisation and the national peak body that represents approximately 85,000 Australians living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, two chronic illnesses collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
We aim to deliver services that inform, support, and care for people living with IBD in Australia and to promote research aimed at finding a cure.
The effects that IBD has on the body, its impact on peoples’ lives, and the various treatment options can be overwhelming and often gives rise to a multitude of questions, fears, and anxieties.
Our role is to support our members and the community by providing services to help them cope with their condition, and information to enable them to make sound decisions about their care.
We exist to make life liveable for you and others who have IBD. Our programs and services are designed to help you manage your symptoms, give you relevant information, offer opportunities for you to connect with others in your community, and make you feel supported and less alone.
What is IBD?
An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects parts of the digestive tract, but most commonly involves the small and large intestines. The most common diseases are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine (colon), while Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus.